"Accessibility is important to me because it removes barriers to a site’s content and makes it available to everyone. A more inclusive website means that it has a wider reach and respects the diversity of its users. It is a unique technical requirement in that it not only benefits a particular website experience, but benefits society as a whole."
Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)
The IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential is IAAP's foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.
Relevant domains for the CPACC credential include the web and other digital technologies, architecture and the built environment, consumer and industrial design, transportation systems, and any domain in which thoughtful design, policy, and management can improve disability access.
The CPACC is the ideal credential for those who manage and support accessibility, but who may not personally design, implement, or evaluate the technical details of accessible solutions. For those who do work at the technical level, IAAP will be working to create domain-specific professional credentials which build on the associate-level credential. The IAAP will add other technical professional certification credentials in other domains in accordance with market and professional demand.
“Accessibility to me means eliminating barriers and providing an all-inclusive environment. Allowing people to contribute to the benefit of society!”
"Web Accessibility is tied directly to fairness, diversity, inclusion, and equity. I've dedicated my professional career to providing equal access to all regardless of ability, and that is a great feeling. I chose the path to certification with the IAAP because I valued the curriculum that challenged me to deepen and broaden my understanding of accessibility."
"While our larger global society continues to be divided by our many differences, I believe it is my personal and professional responsibility to help bridge at least one gap by promoting and practicing web accessibility. I’m proud to be a part of the effort to give all members of our community equal access to digital resources for teaching, research, and learning. And I’m grateful that Princeton University has encouraged us to be leaders in this movement toward inclusive, user-oriented design with CPACC certification.
"Advancing the cause of accessibility gives rise to innovation. It challenges us to bring a critical perspective to information communication technology (ICT) and create new, more inclusive designs and implementations that respect the diversity of human experience."
"An accessible web is not a privilege, it is a right. To aid in making an accessible web is a responsibility and privilege."